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GM flexes engineering prowess with 2016 Chevy Volt, Colorado diesel

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
GM is starting to flex its engineering muscles in just about every area of its business. ...

Mitsubishi gives Lancer a new face for 2016

UPDATED: 10/5/15 10:03 am US ET - adds gallery
Mitsubishi aims to breathe some life into its slow-selling Lancer compact sedan with a freshening for 2016 that includes a revamped front fascia, new wheels and new color ...

2016 Chevy Volt rollout includes attack ads on Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius

UPDATED: 10/1/15 10:38 am ET - adds videos
The revamped Chevrolet Volt won't be available nationally until late next spring, but a series of attack ads targeting the Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius will debut this fa ...

GM's new diesel pickups first to get extra scrutiny from EPA, CARB

6:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29
GM has been told by the EPA and the California Air Resources Board that the new diesel-powered versions of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups will not be certi ...

VW's travails aside, diesel fans remain loyal

11:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29
There is a lot of chatter about VW's emissions scam being the death knell for the diesel engine in the U.S. Why it won't happen. ...

No easy fixes for VW diesels, experts say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
Volkswagen may face a significant challenge in getting nearly 500,000 diesel-powered cars in the U.S. into emissions compliance. ...

Were there signs that VW was cheating?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
Were there other warning signs that could have tipped off regulators that Volkswagen diesels driven on the road were polluting too much? ...

'16 Chevrolet Silverado gets a new face -- and much more

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
Changes to the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, unveiled last week at the State Fair of Texas, include improved connectivity, a new, optional gearbox, updated grilles and the en ...

European vans rendering classic American models obsolete

UPDATED: 10/1/15 11:05 am ET - corrected
A trio of Euro vans is rendering the classic, bulbous American van obsolete. Only GM continues to market a traditional, body-on-frame, truck-based, full-size van, the Che ...

How VW's diesel emissions system works

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25
The emissions system at the heart of the global Volkswagen diesel mess comprises many complex components, all of which have to work perfectly and consistently all the tim ...

GMC preps '16 Sierra Elevation edition with new infotainment system

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23
GMC will introduce a bolder, limited edition of the 2016 Sierra pickup on Thursday at the State Fair of Texas. ...

In wake of VW scandal, it's time to scrap self-certify era

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22
It's time for the EPA to admit the system of allowing and trusting automakers to self-certify cars and light trucks for fuel economy and emissions standards no longer wor ...

Cadillac wants to push Escalade into the $100,000-plus market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21
Cadillac is considering a dramatic move upmarket for its hot-selling Escalade, as Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Maserati enter the premium six-figure market for superluxury SU ...

Cylinders take turns to deliver proper power

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21
An advanced, fast-acting cylinder-deactivation system expected to be launched within five years - probably by General Motors - proposes to save fuel by continuously varyi ...

Delphi, GM ready advanced cylinder deactivation

11:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
An advanced, fast-acting cylinder deactivation system expected to be launched within five years -- probably by General Motors -- could revolutionize gasoline internal com ...

The tricky world, with haves and have-nots, of CVTs

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15
The 2016 Honda HR-V and the 2016 Nissan Maxima demonstrate all you need to know about the potential and pitfalls of the continuously variable transmission. ...

Ford introduces adaptive steering on select ’16 models

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15
Ford is rolling out an innovative new variable-ratio steering system on certain models of the Edge crossover and three other vehicles starting this fall. ...

Chevy gives SS performance sedan a tune-up for ’16

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15
Chevrolet is giving its lowest volume, highest performance sedan -- the Australian-built SS -- a freshening before the car takes its final bow. ...

Honda's redesigned 2016 Civic breaks cover

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11
New spy photos of the 2016 Honda Civic sedan show that the redesigned compact car won't repeat the mistakes of the past. Based on the latest images published by Civicx. ...

Some tips on interior packaging from a casual dining darling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
The auto industry can learn something from Shake Shack, the fast-growing burger chain out of New York. ...

Mercedes S-class convertible to reach U.S. showrooms in spring

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7
Mercedes-Benz will introduce convertible versions of its new S class next week at the Frankfurt auto show. The S550 Cabriolet and the high-performance Mercedes-AMG S63 4M ...

Land Cruiser gets new styling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7
Toyota's Land Cruiser is getting significant improvements for the first time since 2008. ...

Is there room under the Blue Oval for Ranger, Bronco and Troller in U.S.?

11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1
Ever since Ford dropped the midsize Ranger pickup in late 2011, the company has been pestered regularly and repeatedly about replacing it. ...

Mercedes S-class cabrio will bow in Frankfurt

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1
Mercedes-Benz is adding a fourth convertible to its North American lineup: the S class. The German automaker will introduce the car this month at the Frankfurt auto show. ...

Toyota's venerable Land Cruiser sports modern, safety updates for 2016

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1
The oldest nameplate in the Toyota lineup, the Land Cruiser, is receiving significant upgrades for the 2016 model year. ...
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